Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 4:47pm
Education choices should be supported by a responsible voucher program. Students should also not be trapped in underperforming schools because their parents can’t afford what a private school can offer. However, we should know if our tax dollars are being well spent. And that requires knowing that we are funding a complete education, not religious dogma.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Sun, 08/02/2015 - 8:36pm
I’m not talking about lineups of scout troops with smiling senators and Assembly members. I’m talking about rallies, about thousands of children in matching t-shirts outside the Capitol, cheering speakers who challenge the governor and legislators to pass this bill or fund that program.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Sun, 08/02/2015 - 8:29pm
Reading, writing and ’rithmetic may be the mainstays of public education in the United States, but without schooling in two other critical areas, all that other learning will amount to less than it should and could even affect national security. Indeed, it already as.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Fri, 07/31/2015 - 1:11pm
Michigan’s public schools are lackluster. Students here continue to fall behind on national standardized tests. So more money must be the answer, right?
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Fri, 07/31/2015 - 1:08pm
Recent controversies over Common Core standards have intensified the debate over high-stakes K-12 academic testing that became a national issue with President Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:51pm
If kids ask you why they have to learn Algebra 2, how many of you can give a productive answer? Not most of us. If a student cannot see how something is applicable to their lives, they tune out. The Burbank school system is trying out a program this year dedicated to showing students how math actually applies to life.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:39pm
The assumption that disadvantaged students will go to college underprepared doesn't have to be the norm. While it's too early to definitively state whether or not the Common Core is improving student achievement, early adopters are showing great promise.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:28pm
The delay in getting a budget approved isn’t just a problem of political dysfunction. It has serious consequences for funding public education. Local school leaders have no firm idea of how many teachers or support staff they can hire or if teaching assistants will be covered until the level of state funding is set.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 07/30/2015 - 1:08am
The North Carolina Supreme Court held true to the principle of "liberty and justice for all" by upholding the Opportunity Scholarship Program. This monumental decision liberates thousands of low-income children from being trapped in an inferior educational model.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 07/30/2015 - 12:58am
New Jersey's commercial real estate has been dramatically impacted by recent technological advances, to the point that many office buildings have been closed or demolished. Now – given the proliferation of online education and mobile communications – could the same be in store for our public schools?